I celebrated a certain “big” birthday in the Caribbean. Cat Island, Bahamas is a dreamy place. It’s one of the six Bahamas Out Islands, which also include The Abacos, Acklins, Andros, The Berry Islands, and Bimini. It truly is my island paradise.
There are no high-rise hotels, five-star restaurants, shopping malls or casinos here. If that’s what you’re looking for, I recommend you opt for more popular Bahamas destinations, like Nassau or Grand Bahama.
Cat Island was right up my alley: Long stretches of powdery pink sand to myself, al fresco dining along the tranquil, aqua sea, unsurpassed Bahamian hospitality, and one incredible sunset after another.
In this article, you will…
- Discover an Island Paradise in Fernandez Bay Village Resort
- Escape to the Royal Palm Cottage
- Explore The Hermitage on Mount Alvernia
- Experience Local Flavor at The Regatta By the Beach
- Tour Cat Island’s Beauty Off the Beaten Path
- Enjoy Drinks and Music at Greenwood Beach Resort
- Behold One Colorful Island Sunset After Another
Discover an Island Paradise in Fernandez Bay Village Resort
This picturesque and friendly island is an ideal place for disconnecting from technology and leaving the cold weather and daily hustle behind. Clearly, it was a perfect fit for this laid back couple.
Escape to The Royal Palm Cottage
I spent eight days at Fernandez Bay Village Resort in November for a much-needed escape from cold New England weather. The hurricane season had cleared out, missing the island as it usually does, and the resort had just opened for business. I enjoyed the company of two couples, a solo traveler, and a young group from Germany who was island hopping by private plane.
With so few guests, the hosts upgraded me to the Royal Palm Cottage, a large private room with a wraparound porch just steps from the pristine water. The room was air-conditioned and had a private, open-air bathroom. How wonderful to shower with warm breezes and a view of the sky!
A Taste of Island Life
Every morning offered a full buffet breakfast to start the day off right. My days were tranquil. I relaxed, swam, read, napped. When I felt like it, I kayaked, took a short boat ride, and walked along the shoreline.
Fernandez Bay Village lent me their boat for an hour which was great – but you can rent a boat from Sailo.com for island-hopping in the Bahamas or wherever you are in the world. That way, you can take as much time as you want to explore.
I especially loved Happy Hour with hors-d’oeuvres (my favorite: Caribbean Lobster Salad seasoned with lime and cilantro) and the famous “honor system” bar. It was always stocked with Fernandez Bay’s famous Rum Punch, as well as beer and wine. Buffet dinners included Bahamian specialties, like grouper and fried plantains, served under the stars. I was very pleased with the food!
Explore The Hermitage on Mount Alvernia
I arranged to rent a car for a couple of days to explore the island. It was relatively inexpensive. (FYI, even though I let my U.S. bank know I was traveling out of the country, the transaction did require a phone call to process.)
One must-see attraction was The Hermitage. I climbed Mount Alvernia to see the small but impressive dwelling built single-handedly by Father Jerome. Stations of the Cross led up to Father Jerome’s remote home, the highest point in the Bahamas. I took in breathtaking water views from a peaceful vantage point on high.
Experience Local Flavor at The Regatta at the Beach
I also visited the Regatta, where we hear there is a booming nightlife. During the day it’s pretty quiet, but lovely just the same. It’s the gathering place for locals on the island. I passed an island party getting ready for a beach wedding. How romantic!
Tour the Beauty of Cat Island Off the Beaten Path
I found some of the most memorable sites off the beaten path. Beautiful ruins and colorful homes dotted the island’s curving coastal roads. I loved the natural beauty and meeting interesting people wherever I went as I toured the island from head to toe.
Enjoy Drinks and Music at Greenwood Beach Resort
I happened upon Greenwood Beach Resort to take a midday break and decided to celebrate my birthday here in an island way with a tasty pina colada with the host.
The Atlantic side of the island was quite a bit windier than Fernandez Bay but just as lovely. For the more adventurous, Greenwood Beach is an excellent place for diving, snorkeling, and kiteboarding. Also, sportfishing–more specifically, bonefishing–is very good here!
Behold One Colorful Island Sunset after Another
If you’re looking for a private island paradise, this may just be it. It is certainly mine. Eight incredible days culminated with one colorful sunset after another. I’d love to say everyone should visit Cat Island, but part of its appeal is it is not overrun with tourism. It’s a romantic, remote, getaway…that’s for sure.
I loved Cat Island, Bahamas!
Have you been to Cat Island or another island destination we might love as well? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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39 thoughts on “A Beach Lover’s Winter Getaway to Cat Island, Bahamas”
Anchored off Cat Island for a few days in 2013 but was in a mad rush to get to the Pacific Ocean so didn’t explore it as deeply as you. Your posts make me want to sail back here right now (although I hope never to be shipwrecked there 😉
Oh, I hope you get back for a visit sometime! Not that I wish to be shipwrecked, but I couldn’t pick a better place to come ashore if it were to happen!
I love this because I love Cat Island. We have been there many times & every time is an adventure. We live in Savannah Georgia & have a small plane that for some reasons always ends up somewhere in the Bahamas on a remote piece of paradise.??
How lucky to have been to Cat Island many times…If I had a small plane, I’m almost certain it would follow the same route. You got it right, Angie: Cat Island truly is an island paradise!
Wow wow wow! This is a true paradise!! Those views from sunrise to sunset are just breathtaking, and your bowl of fresh fruits is making us realize how much we’re longing for a week on an island like this! The fact that there’s no huge malls and luxurious hotels are just perfect. We’re adding Cat Island to our bucket list right away! Thank you so much for sharing this.
I do hope you get there, Mei and Kerstin! Cat Island is on our short list for a return trip. As you say, it is a true paradise!
Oh, I haven’t reached the Carribeans yet, but this island really makes one want to get on the plane 🙂 and it’s nice that you get so many activities. I love kayaking, and my husband fishing, so I am pretty sure we wouldn’t get bored. Thanks for sharing this
You’re welcome. Let us know if you go!
Aah yes.. your pictures took me right there i could almost smell the ocean! This looks like a perfect honeymoon destination where it would seem the rest of the world does not exist. I really hope i get to the Bahamas one day, i have always read the locals are really friendly too.
I was actually expecting a photo gallery of cats, but I must say you’ve got me clicking. 🙂 Just kidding, your photos and experience on the island seem exhilarating.
Love all the pictures! The sea and the pink beach is breathtaking. Have never seen such real non-styled photos of Bahamas. The fresh fish and the heavenly sunset sounds such a wonderful combination. Thanks for sharing!
First of all, happy birthday! So good to spent your day in paradise 😉 This island seems really amazing…
Thank you!! It was a great way to celebrate. 🙂
Great post. The beaches of Cat Island look amazing, especially during sunsets. Wish to visit one day.
Thank you! I hope you get to check it out for yourself sometime.
Wow, this is a dream vacation! May have to wait until the kids are big enough to leave at home :))) The sunset/boat photo is amazing!
It’s worth the wait, Jenia!
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